Bernie Ebbers Loses Supreme Court Bid
The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear WorldCom former chief Bernie Ebbers' appeal. Ebbers, at 65, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Ebbers argued in court papers that the trial judge improperly allowed prosecutors to use testimony from witnesses who had been given immunity, but denied immunity to potential defense witnesses.
The judge also instructed jurors that they could find Ebbers guilty if they believed he suspected a crime was being committed but intentionally looked the other way.
It appears now he will die there.
As I wrote in an earlier post,
As for cooperators, the Court gives it stamp of approval to the disparity between Scott Sullivan who got 5 years notwithstanding he was the chief architect of the Worldcom scheme, and Ebbers who got 25 years.
It is just sickening that the more serious offender gets a slap on the wrist because he told the truth as the Government saw it and the jury bought it, while the defendant who chooses to exercise his constitutional right to a jury trial and hold the governmentnot to its burden of proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt not only gets convicted based on the cooperator's testimony but gets hammered at sentencing as well.As to the length of Ebbers' sentence being unreasonable, the court passes the blame to Congress -- even after noting that almost any white collar offender in a publicly traded company could be looking at life if he didn't fold
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